Young Brandes lectures at the University of Copenhagen | Harald Slott-Møller | 1889
Georg Brandes was the theorist behind what was known in Denmark as the modern breakthrough, which is the time in where, not only painting, but art in general, turned its course from the romanticism to the realism and naturalism. The old art began to seem forcedly aesthetic, polite and idealist. And, of course, it left aside what was real in nature and in men.
The dane Harald Slott-Møller was a loyal friend of Brandes and that’s why he decides to portrait him in a series of lectures he gave in the University of Copenhagen.
Personally, I do not enjoy much of this work. However, the handling of limited and simple colors is well achieved: the dark brown pulpit from which Brandes appears in black and white, making contrast with the beige all behind seems very effective. And also are the two upper lights that make contrast with the blackboard. As a whole, the painting works: the impression is of a serious Brandes, with authority but, at the same time, relaxed and comfortable.